Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Advanced Dictionary    
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
  Show Word Combinations
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
desensitize

de·sen·si·tize

desensitize

 
pronunciation:
di sen sih taIz
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: desensitized, desensitizes, desensitizing
definition 1: to cause to react with less intensity, as to light or other stimuli.
The doctor desensitized him to bee stings.
antonyms:
sensitize
definition 2: to make less interested, sensitive, involved, or the like; cause to be indifferent.
antonyms:
sensitize
derivations: desensitization (n.), desensitizer (n.)
Word Parts
The word desensitize contains the following part:
sens, sent Latin root that means to feel, to perceive